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Thursday, 09 November 2017 - 14:45
Foreign Ministry refutes New York Times report
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Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam has written to New York Times refuting details mentioned in one of their reports on Sri Lanka.

He said, “I write with reference to the article titled Dozens of Men Describe Rape, Torture by Sri Lanka Government by the Associated Press that was published in the New York Times.  It would be appreciated in this regard, if this response from the Government of Sri Lanka could also be published in the New York Times, considering the gravity of the allegations and the firm commitment of the National Unity Government to uphold the rule of law. The Government of Sri Lanka strongly condemns any act of torture, and will ensure that allegations of torture committed in the country will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law”.

Kariyawasam said, “The Government seeks the assistance and cooperation of all those relevant parties in this endeavour, including parties outside the country, as evidence is key in the conduct of investigations”.

He added that the Government of Sri Lanka does not condone or tolerate any form of torture, and seeks to work with all, including bilateral partners, as well as international organisations, to seek their assistance in terms of sharing experiences and expertise, as well as technical support, to ensure the elimination of this despicable practice and prosecute anyone responsible.  

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